2024 NRL: Round 9 Preview, Sharks Vs Dragons

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 9 clash between the Sharks and the Dragons.



Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Vs St George Illawarra Dragons
Venue: PointsBet Stadium, Sydney.
Date: Sunday May 5 4:05PM


Sharks: 1. William Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Jesse Ramien, 4. Kayal Iro, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Daniel Atkinson, 7. Nicholas Hynes, 8. Thomas Hazelton, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Oregon Kaufusi, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Teig Wilton, 13. Cameron McInnes, 14. Jack Williams, 15. Siosifa Talakai, 16. Toby Rudolf, 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 18. Tuku Hau Tapuha, 19. Mawene Hiroti, 20. Samuel Stonestreet, 21. Royce Hunt, 22. Billy Burns

Dragons: 1. Tyrell Sloan, 2. Christian Tuipulotu, 3. Jack Bird, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Kyle Flanagan, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Francis Molo, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. Hame Sele, 11. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 12. Jaydn Su’a, 13. Tom Eisenhuth, 14. Fa’amanu Brown, 15. Blake Lawrie, 16. Jack De Belin, 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 18. Michael Molo, 19. Mathew Feagai, 20. Toby Couchman, 21. Luciano Leilua, 22. Jesse Marschke 

Referee: Todd Smith

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The Cronulla Sharks are hosting their highly anticipated local derby against the Dragons on Sunday afternoon at PointsBet Stadium. 

The Sharks have had a very strong start to their 2024 season, winning six of seven games so far. Alongside the Storm, they sit on 14 competition points; however, Cronulla are on top of the ladder based on their points differential. Their past two games, against the Raiders and the Cowboys respectively, have been big wins of over thirty points. 

The Dragons, on the other hand, have had a perfectly average start to the season, winning four games and losing the other four. However, they will be looking for a big comeback after suffering a big ANZAC Day loss against the Roosters, 60 points to 18. It was a disappointing loss for the Dragons, especially after coming off two consecutive wins. 

The last local derby between these two was in June last year, where the Sharks had a big win. It was a 52-16 victory for Cronulla, and based on their past two weeks, this is on the cards for them once again, unless the Dragons make a big comeback following their loss last weekend. These local derby games between the Sharks and the Dragons are always unpredictable, so it will be an entertaining game regardless. 

Both the Sharks and the Dragons are looking strong this weekend, with no major changes to either side for this weekend – Cronulla have nobody out, and the Dragons are only without Moses Suli.

Head-to-head stats can be found at Round 9 Number Crunch.


Sharks by 13 points.

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